Even though it’s a Thursday, full fields comprise today’s Pick 4 sequence, which is book ended by a pair of wide-open maiden claiming affairs.
The middle two races feature some nice fillies and mares and have the potential to offer some value as well.
We’re off to the races!
Leg 1 – Race 5 (1,4,5,10) – Three-year-old maiden colts sprint six and a half furlongs for a $25,000 tag and the scratch of No. 9 The Full Lavino makes it anybody’s race.
No. 1 Three Pointer goes outside to inside, but gets PVal and should be forwardly placed with the shortest trip around the track.
No. 4 Rathman took some money, but then ran like a full back in his debut after an eventful trip to the gate. Mike Mitchell hits with nearly 40 percent of his second time starters and the connections paid $55,000 for this gelded son of Value Plus at OBS last year.
No. 5 Tuba Man is your likely favorite after running a solid third in a good race at Hollywood Park. He drops from that race to the bottom in his second off the layoff and showed improvement from his career debut to his second start earlier in the year.
No. 10 It’s Superman drops to the bottom after a pair of respectable efforts.
Leg 2 – Race 6 (6,7,9) – Lots of speed signed up for this $40,000 optional claiming five furlong turf dash so we’ll look to runners coming off the pace, which have been dominating at this distance all meet.
No. 6 Pink Diamond just missed by a nose here on the day after opening day and has turned into a hard knocking five-year-old mare.
No. 7 Missdealornodeal is a beautiful four-year-old daughter of Benchmark and won impressively here at the distance two weeks ago.
No. 9 Dani Reese returns from a seven month layoff and she has run well fresh. She has faced much tougher competition, but the gap in works over the past two weeks is a concern along with the fact that she is being offered up today.
Leg 3 - Race 7 (3,6) – Fillies and mares go a mile on the main track in this $62,500 optional claiming affair and we’ll go two deep.
No. 3 Pure Class was much more effective with the switch to Joel Rosario and coming from off the pace. Four solid works since a nice win at Hollywood Park indicate she should be ready to return to the winner’s circle.
No. 6 Made for Magic romped home by nearly nine lengths the last time she was offered up for a tag and will relish the class relief after facing the likes of Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra.
Leg 4 – Race 8 (3,5,6,7,13) – Two-year old maiden Cal-bred colts sprint five furlongs in the finale and we’ll go deep using all the logical contenders.
No. 3 Not in This Life was bet down to a heavy favorite in his So Cal debut here two weeks ago and had a rough trip after breaking from the far outside.
No. 5 The Phenom drops from his maiden special weight debut where he was steadied and has some nice works since.
No. 6 Tiger Trysts showed speed in his debut and can improve second time for Adam Kitchingman.
No. 7 Grand Maneuver had a rough trip here opening day in a quickly run race for the level, but has shown he has the talent to win.
No. 13 Rapallo comes from a 15% debut sire and has not missed a beat in the morning for Peter Eurton.
Recap – (1,4,5,10) w (6,7,9) w (3,6) w (3,5,6,7,13) – Total cost of ticket = $60
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Yesterday’s Result – (-$72)
Total for meet – (-$616.70)